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Sunday 26 January 2020

UAE2020 Day 06: Dubai Creek Crossings

We arrived at the Bur Dubai Abra Station at around 10am to hop on an abra, affectionately known as a 'water taxi'. An abra (from the Arabic verb “Abara” which means to cross) is a traditional motorised wooden boat that takes passengers across the Dubai Creek everyday from 5am to midnight.

It still boggles our minds that the fare is still a measly 1 Dirham (approximately RM1.15) per passenger. Forget expensive, private cruises, this is the real and authentic way to see the Creek properly!

We took the abra across the Dubai Creek and took some photos for posterity:

pushing off from the Bur Dubai station

best way to see the Creek

just be sure to sit away from the diesel engine

We also took some hand-held mobile phone videos of the our experiences riding the abra across the Creek. Nothing professional we are afraid:

We disembarked at the other side, at the Deira Old Souk Abra Station and spent the next few hours exploring the myriad of souks at the Deira area.

an authentic experience

glimpse of the lifestyle of old Dubai

hardly takes 5 minutes

well worth the 1 dirham

we could ride the abra all day

arriving at the Deira station

After about 3 hours we took another abra at the Deira Old Souk Abra Station to go back across the Creek to the Bur Dubai Abra Station, and back to our hotel.

our boat arrives

and we're off

headed in opposite direction

back to Bur Dubai

this sight never gets old

a ferry that takes passengers as far as Sharjah

Brendan quite enjoyed the ride

We headed back to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood to have lunch at the place we had dinner last night, to have our first attempt at grilled camel meat!

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